Finding the Runway, Final Approach and Landing in a Piper PA46 Meridian

Ride along with Master Instructor Dick Rochfort while he demonstrates the proper method for finding the runway, approach and landing in a PA46 Meridian Aircraft. Dick uses proper call-outs and well documented, disciplined procedures to ensure the safety of this challenging flight. Dick Rochfort is a full-time pilot trainer specializing in the PA46 Matrix, Malibu, Mirage and Meridian aircraft. He provides pre-purchase valuation, training, corporate service and expert witness services worldwide.

Bob Gilchrist
I love your instructor patter. Perfect stream of advice. If I'm ever able to buy a PA 46, I'll be calling. :)
Dick Rochfort, ATP, CFII
Hi Scott, A memorable first solo ILS ... very gratifying I am sure. You probably already know it keeps getting better too! Centerline management helps the pilot know what the wind is doing all the way to touchdown and makes for better landings as a result. Consider holding the crab (not the slip) all the way to the flare. It's actually easier once you get the hang of it because it doesn't require any power change to offset drag and non-pilot passengers find it more comfortable.
Dick Rochfort, ATP, CFII
Hi 2008Flyboy, well, pick a good ... Light IFR day and get out there with a current pilot or flight instructor. There is nothing to compare with the satisfaction of breaking out of the clouds with a runway in front of you and the knowledge that a hot coffee awaits just a few steps from the doorway. Remember, .... Same way each and every time. The aircraft does not know what you can or cannot see. Have fun.
Dick Rochfort, ATP, CFII
Hi Saberpride73, it's not a bad idea to stop after clearing the runway but I do not require it. My SOP says that single pilot operators should not read unless on the AP or stopped on the ground. The use of a flow or memory item while taxiing straight ahead in an open area is acceptable & sometimes necessary in order to promptly comply with a taxi clearance.
Man, I miss IFR flying, I haven't used it once since I passed the checkride, almost a year ago.
Scott Woodland
Great video. I'll never forget my first "solo" ILS with my wife sitting in the right seat and calling the ground visible. Appreciate the calls on off-centerline, hadn't ever really paid attention to that parallel "gun-sight" visual.
Just a thought with the newer guys why not have them stop after exiting the runway
Great video if I ever save up I want you as my instructor.
great video! you are awesome!!
I'm extremely new to what would you call it? The hobbyist flying world but so far these pipers are my favorite plane. I love your instruction style and I hope one day I get out there soon myself.
Gregory Laughlin
This is my second comment on Dick; great pilot and calm, effective teacher. Pity I only pilot boats here in Australia.
Randy Porter
Many FIs could learn from your instruction style. Over many years, I've had 15+ FIs, that all have different styles of presenting information. Your calm, steady delivery is cell ent. Plenty of information, with explanation , but without the abrupt "information overload", we've all experienced. You make every viewer envious of the student benefiting from your teaching. Safe Skys and thanks for sharing !
Elliot Britton
Is it significantly harder to hand fly the meridian on an ils than a 172 at 90 knots?
Spencer Rich
I see its a D- and not a November Tail Number... Is the student a qualified pilot? or do you have authorization to instruct in it? I am curious how you got the insurance and everything to train in a foreign aircraft. Thanks
Ictpilot Ictpilot
Well done Sergeant! 😀
There is a repetitive tone in the headset audio that sounds like igniters firing during engine start.  I understand that igniters might fire continuously during the landing phase...especially when flaps are extended and gear down....but the igniters firing in the "air" mode would be a normal need for the warning tone, It might be distracting. Something doesn't seem right here. However it was a beautiful landing.
Bob Schaper
When you're low on approach, you need to add power, NOT raise the nose. Remember, attitude controls airspeed, power controls glideslope. At least that's what they taught me in navy flight school. :)
Dan Rutherford
What a fabulous instructor
Animated Stoge
What does the crab mean?
Brian K Rich MD
Just a quick question.  I always hear don't come off the autopilot until field in sight yet all IFR training is hand flown.  Granted when I've let the AP fly the approach and monitored the progress it's easier, but I feel like I'm cheating this way.  How much should I work on hand flying.  I feel it's safer to fly with the AP in IMC especially down to mins.
I'm jealous.  Love having the Jepp plate front & center.
stewart baker
great video !